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iron ore and manganese

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We are in the top five of the world's iron ore producers, with a large high quality resource base in South Africa and Brazil.

Iron ore is a key component in steel, the most widely used of all metals. Global steel consumption is forecast to grow in excess of 5% pa over the next three years.

Metallurgical Coal is the second biggest Australian metallurgical coal producer and the No. 3 global exporter of metallurgical coal.

Anglo American is an active partner in diverse clean coal energy initiatives.

Metallurgical coal is the key raw material for 70% of the world's steel industry. Demand is driven by economic, industrial and steel growth.

In South Africa, Thermal Coal owns and operates nine mines. In Colombia, we have a one-third shareholding (with BHP Billiton and Xstrata each owning one-third) in Cerrejón, Colombia's biggest thermal coal exporter.

About 5.1 billion tonnes of thermal coal are produced globally each year. Around 40% of all electricity generated globally is powered by thermal coal.

Copper has interests in six operations in Chile. These comprise the 75.5% owned Los Bronces and El Soldado mines and the Chagres smelter, the 100% owned Mantos Blancos and Mantoverde mines, and a 44% interest in the Collahuasi mine.

Copper is used mainly in wire and cable, brass, tubing and pipes, air conditioning and refrigeration.

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Other mining and industrial


Nickel has three operating assets, all producing ferronickel: the world class Barro Alto mine, now in its ramp-up phase, and Codemin, both in Brazil; and Loma de Níquel in Venezuela.

Approximately two-thirds of nickel is used in the production of stainless steel. Just over 20% is used to make other types of steel and for super-alloys, which can withstand extreme temperatures.

Platinum owns the largest platinum reserves in the world and is the largest primary producer of platinum, accounting for some 40% of newly mined supply.

Platinum and other platinum group metals (PGMs) are primarily used in autocatalysts and jewellery. They are also employed in the chemical, electrical, electronic, glass and petroleum industries and in medical applications.

De Beers is the world's leading diamond company and generates about 35% of global rough diamond production from its operations in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Canada.

The largest diamond jewellery market is the US, followed by China, Japan and India.

Subject to regulatory approvals, Anglo American's programme to divest of its businesses not considered core to the Group has largely been completed. Scaw South Africa, the remaining part of the Scaw Metals group, is the last such business to be sold. Catalão (niobium) and Copebrás (phosphates) are both considered core to the Group and are reported within the Other Mining and Industrial segment.

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  • (1) Excluding contractors and associates' employees, and including a proportionate share of employees within joint venture entities.
  • (2) De Beers is an independently managed associate. Employee numbers shown represent the average number of employees in De Beers' managed operations, including 100% of employees in De Beers' underlying joint ventures.
  • (3) De Beers' results are shown as share of associate's operating profit.